In 2017, a group of local women met in Annapolis, MD with the idea of giving life to effective philanthropy in our community. They wanted to make a significant difference in our community.  They had the idea to transform their collective efforts and resources into a viable plan of action.

The inspiration came from a group of similarly-minded women in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wendy Steele had the idea to promote philanthropy among women.  In 2001, Wendy mobilized close friends and business associates to form a nonprofit operating as IMPACT 100 in the Cincinnati area. The concept was simple, yet ambitious. The Cincinnati founders recruited 100 women to donate $1,000 each, and collectively funded a $100,000 grant to a charitable initiative which demonstrated the potential for community impact and sustainability.



Our Mission

Impact100 Greater Chesapeake is a group of women who are committed to making a lasting impact by collectively funding transformational grants and raising awareness of charitable organizations within our community.

Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural and artistic climate.


Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults.

Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities, surroundings and/or recreational opportunities.


Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families.

Health & Wellness

Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in our area.